Austin Rivers out for Rockets vs. Timberwolves on Wednesday
Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers will miss his team’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night due to a sore right elbow, according to Hunter Atkins of The Houston Chronicle.
Rockets G Austin Rivers will not play Wednesday vs. MIN because of a sore right elbow.
— Hunter Atkins (@HunterAtkins35) February 12, 2019
Rivers came over to the Rockets in a trade with the Washington Wizards earlier in the season. In 24 games for Houston, he is averaging 10.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists over 33.3 minutes per game while shooting 41.4 percent from the floor, 32.9 percent from 3-point range and 53.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Through 53 games overall this year, Rivers is registering 8.7 points, 2.5 assists and 2.4 boards across 27.8 minutes a night while making 40.4 percent of his field-goal attempts, 32.1 percent of his long-distance tries and 54.1 percent of his foul shots.
The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at Duke University, was originally selected by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round (10th pick overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
He played in 61 games during his rookie campaign, recording 6.2 points and 2.1 assists through 23.2 minutes per game, connecting on 37.2 percent of his shots, 32.6 percent of his triples and 54.6 percent of his free throws.
Rivers spent just two-and-a-half years with New Orleans before being traded to the Boston Celtics midway through the 2014-15 season. He was then immediately traded to the LA Clippers where he played under his father, Doc Rivers, through 2018 in what was the most productive stretch of his NBA career.
His best season came last year, when he recorded 15.1 points, 2.4 boards, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals over 33.7 minutes a night, shooting 42.4 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from downtown and 64.2 percent from the charity stripe.
Rivers was then traded to the Wizards over the summer.
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